Definition of abase verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

abase

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈbeɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbeɪs//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abase
BrE BrE//əˈbeɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbeɪs//
 
he / she / it abases
BrE BrE//əˈbeɪsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbeɪsɪz//
 
past simple abased
BrE BrE//əˈbeɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbeɪst//
 
past participle abased
BrE BrE//əˈbeɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbeɪst//
 
-ing form abasing
BrE BrE//əˈbeɪsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbeɪsɪŋ//
 
 
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abase yourself (formal) to act in a way that shows that you accept somebody’s power over you Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French abaissier, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + baissier ‘to lower’, based on late Latin bassus ‘short of stature’. The spelling has been influenced by the adjective base.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: abase